Category: Family

I lost my Papa two years ago today. I woke thinking about him this morning, his laugh, his sparkling eyes, the way he’d hold his chin between his thumb and second finger when he was thinking, the way he looked …

A wink from Papa Read More »

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She is the most honest person I’ve ever known.  And she honestly didn’t like me for a long time after we met. Can you blame her?  I’m her step-mom, and as long as I was in her life, that meant …

How a step-mom says “I love you.” Read More »

This is Laurel. She is my oldest daughter, my “sweet girl.”  She is my co-emcee of Special Olympics’ gatherings, my instructor in art appreciation.  She is the reason I am married.  And she turns 21 this week. I had never …

“There you are!” Read More »

This is Aiden.  He is my youngest son.  He is the most naturally happy of my 5 children.  He also has a genetic disorder called Noonan’s Syndrome. I share this with you because, as a result of his disorder, he has been enrolled …

Please don’t hurt my baby. Read More »

If your teenagers are like mine, they have cell phones.  They’re on their cell phones constantly.  And their brains, as is evident from their behavior (!) are not as developed as ours.  Why is this relevant to a stocking stuffer?  …

Here’s your stocking stuffer this year! Read More »